While at my retreat at the end of April, the pastor mentioned her church had just read the Bible in 90 days. Last summer, I let my study go a little bit and I didn't want to repeat the same mistake. I decided that I would read the Bible this summer and that I would start on June 1. I have never read the Bible cover to cover. I have read books and chapters and verses. But, I have never done the whole thing from Genesis to Revelation.
There are several reading plans available on Biblegateway.com. So, as June 1 approached, I went to the website to prepare. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the Summer Reading Challenge! I signed up on the website and also on Facebook. I feel like I am part of a group instead of doing it alone. There are daily emails full of encouragement and stories from other people.
My prayer before I started my reading:
Father, your word is precious to me. I don't want to read alone. Please let me hear your voice as I read. Holy Spirit, please speak to me and make the stories personal to my life. I don't want to hurry through my reading, just to get it done. I want to feel the emotions, smell the smells and see the stories come alive. I want your word to penetrate my heart. I want it to become part of me and who I am. Please help me to learn and remember your word. I ask this in the precious name of your son, Jesus.
It's not too late to join me!